Design Studies MA

Drawing on the breadth and depth of expertise in design theory and practice at Parsons, this new Master of Arts program is an opportunity to explore design as both a field of scholarly research and an agent of social change.

June 23, 2016 ADHT admin

Do Drones Have DNA?

by Jilly Traganou “Of course, all the students want to see the big drone flying. A loud, unpleasant noise fills the room immediately. The black…

June 15, 2016 daren

Susan Yelavich on the ‘Why’ Behind Design, the New Academic Year, & her Latest Book

Susan Yelavich, Associate Professor and Director of the MA Design Studies program, returns this fall after a year-long sabbatical. We catch up with Professor Yelavich…

June 1, 2016 ADHT admin

MA Design Students Exhibit ‘Provocative Products’ at Parsons Festival

By Claudia Marina Within the design milieu, critical and interrogative design speaks loudly in modern times. It has to, for new ethical and environmental problems…

May 23, 2016 ADHT admin

MA Design Studies Students Want You To #SeeRikers

By Claudia Marina How often do you see Riker’s? For most in New York City, unless you or your loved have worked or lived on…

May 20, 2016 daren

Lisa Stenhaug of Design Studies on Andrea Zittel’s Wagon Station Encampment & Challenging “what is”

As research for her capstone, Lisa Stenhaug, MA Design Studies ‘16, stayed at artist Andrea Zittel’s Wagon Station Encampment in Joshua Tree, California for one week…

May 19, 2016 daren

Lisa Merk of Design Studies reflects on her award-winning project REMIND ME & more

Lisa Merk, MA Design Studies ‘17, was recently the recipient of the New Talent Award from A&W Magazine, a German architecture and lifestyle magazine, for…

April 26, 2016 ADHT admin

Latin America Documentary Screenings: Discussions of Space

Over the month of April, MA Design Studies student Laura Belik, in conjunction with the Design Studies Forum, organized the “Latin America Documentary Screenings: Discussions…

March 9, 2016 Parsons Web Admin

In the World of Medical Apps, Bridging the Divide Between Designers and Clinicians

Melissa Wiskin, Design Studies ’16, completed a stint in the Peace Corps in Zambia, where she learned about the power of mobile technology to dispense…

February 3, 2016 Admin

Jilly Traganou to give two talks on counter-Olympic dissent

Associate Professor of Spatial Design Studies, Jilly Traganou, has a productive February ahead of her.  On Saturday, February 6th, she will travel to Washington DC,…

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